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Jan 23, 2013 4:30pm PST
two units apart: 3 and 5, 5 and 7, 11 and 13. and now we go farther and farther: 827 and 829, 1,607 and 1,609, and so on and so on... maybe. is there an infinite number of twin primes? that question was posed by euclid 2,300 years ago, and to this day still, no one has been able to either prove or disprove his twin prime conjecture. an infinite number of primes, perhaps an infinite number of twin primes. small primes, huge primes. short gaps between primes, some very long gaps between primes. the apparent lack of rhyme or reason to the spacing and location of primes is just the kind of puzzle that fuels a mathematician's curiosity. in particular, the primes were of deep interest to one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, carl friedrich gauss. born in 1777, itself a prime number, gauss was a child prodigy who, at an early age, calculated lists of primes into the millions. gauss, by the way, also proposed using mathematics to communicate with extraterrestrials. but he considered prime numbers to be of the highest significance and wrote, "the dignity of the science itself s
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